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Focus - Sharing the knowledge

image Michael L. Tholen, Managing Director of Engineering & Professional Development, American Concrete Institute (ACI), Farmington Hills, MI

SAN ANTONIO - The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a global concrete knowledge center. Its members gather to discuss and produce the most up-to-date resources for the concrete industry, including contractors, engineers, educators and students. ACI has recently produced two invaluable resources that address repair and quality concrete construction.




    The first article in an ACI technical journal on the repair of concrete structures appeared in the 1920s. Since that time, ACI’s expert members have been developing technical guidance on concrete repair and rehabilitation.
    Continuing to build on the nearly 100 years of ACI’s concrete repair knowledge, ACI has launched a new Concrete Repair Subscription. The online subscription includes digital access to the American Concrete Institute’s technical and education content on concrete assessment, repair, rehabilitation, and more.
    Subscribers receive 12 months of access to ACI’s existing concrete repair-specific code requirements/commentary, specifications, guides, reports, symposium volumes and on-demand courses, plus new materials as they are available. Specific contents include 65- plus codes, specifications, guides, and reports, including “ACI 562-16: Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures and Commentary,” “ACI 563-18: Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildings,” “ACI 364.1R-07: Guide for Evaluation of Concrete Structures Before Rehabilitation,” and more. It also features 16-plus educational publications and documents, including “Guide to the Code for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures” and the Repair Application Procedures series; 33-plus on-demand courses through ACI University, including all courses required to earn the “ACI Repair Application Procedures” certificate. It also includes recorded webinars and self-paced courses featuring ACI 562 design examples, guidance for incorporating ACI 563 into concrete repair projects, materials selection for concrete repair, and more; and 25-plus symposium volumes containing 500 total papers on a diverse range of concrete repair topics.
    Additionally, new concrete repair content developed by the Institute will be made available to subscribers through the life of the subscription.
    ACI also recently released the first edition of a new concrete repair specification: “ACI 563-18: Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildings.” ACI 563-18 joins ACI’s growing family of concrete repair industry documents aimed at demystifying concrete repair and facilitating the delivery of high quality, well-executed, cost-effective concrete repair solutions. Together with ACI 562-16 Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures and Commentary, and many other concrete repair resources, the Concrete Repair Subscription has the essential documents that the concrete repair professional needs.
    Recently, ACI has also published jointly with the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) a new edition of The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction. The new guide provides up-to-date knowledge of quality concrete construction practices. It also contains extensive coverage of construction topics making this an invaluable document for concrete contractors, ready mix producers, testing technicians, specifies, engineers, and other concrete industry professionals.
    The guide includes full-color photos and illustrations, a new, easier-to-read layout, and substantial content updates.  Also included in the fourth edition are 43 Position Statements from ASCC, details on ACI Certification programs, and an appendix introducing several legal issues of interest to concrete contractors. A summary, review questions, and additional recommended reading list accompany each of the 12 chapters.
    Written by and for contractors, and referenced by many licensing authorities, this guide details proven practices to produce quality concrete construction. Contents include planning for quality, concrete mixtures, specifications, foundations, formwork, reinforcement and embodiments in structures, joints and reinforcement for slabs-on-ground, preparing for concreting, concrete placing and finishing, common field problems, safety, and legal issues.
    The American Concrete Institute, founded in 1904 with a world headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI, USA, and a regional office in Dubai, UAE, is a leading authority and worldwide resource worldwide. It concentrates on the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational & training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials. It serves those who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.
    Learn more about the Concrete Repair Subscription, The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, and more concrete resources at concrete.org, or call 248-848-3800. -cmw

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